Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham has a tattoo on her right rib cage reading “RIP Judy” in script font. On her Instagram she explained the meaning of her tattoo which is a reminder of her hysterectomy. Lena, after her decade-long struggle with endometriosis and other pain issues, decided to do the hysterectomy surgery.

“Today is National Leathercraft Day, National Relaxation Day and National Lemon Merengue Pie Day. It’s also the 9 month anniversary of my hysterectomy. I’ve never celebrated the 9 month anniversary of anything and I realized last night why that number feels so funny- I won’t ever do it the way I planned to. My body is mostly healed and every day I find a new bruise on my heart, but today I offer myself gratitude: from the most pained place, I somehow knew to choose myself. The purest glint of who we are and know we can be is always available to us, calm and true at our center. My friend Paul named my uterus Judy, and when she was being uppity we called her out, hence the tattoo on my ribs, which hurt like fuck even through the pain meds: #RIPJudy. Today I give thanks for Judy, for her graceful exit and for this body, which is stronger than I’ve ever given it credit for. Happy Giving Birth To Myself Day.”

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Lena Dunham tattooed the word “Staunch” on her bikini line as a replacement for the “Staunch” tattoo that she used to have on her wrist which she covered over with a cross.

Her love of the word “Staunch” is inspired by the movie Grey Gardens, in which Little Edie says “But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn’t know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there’s anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman… S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There’s nothing worse, I’m telling you. They don’t weaken, no matter what.”